Skip Navigation

Corporate & Foundation Relations

Corporate and Foundation Relations


News and Announcements

Smith College Announced as Beckman Scholars Program Awardee

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has announced that Smith College is part of the 2023 class of Beckman Scholar Program awardees. The Beckman Scholars Program is a 15-month mentored research experience for exceptional undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, and related interdisciplinary fields. 

Smith is one of fourteen institutions to be awarded a combined $2.1 million for the Beckman Scholar Program. The program will support six scholar-mentor pairs at Smith, with two scholars named per year. The Beckman Scholars Program will support these pairs for a mentored research experience across two summers and an academic year.


New Grant from the National Science Foundation

Jessica Gersony, assistant professor of biological sciences, has been awarded a $372,633 grant from the National Science Foundation to support collaborative research for her project, ORCC: Investigating drought and cold resistance of northeastern US trees to inform ecological modeling and forest management practices on understanding tree phloem functioning during drought. The project, funded through the Organismal Response to Climate Change initiative, will have Gersony collaborating with Scott V. Ollinger from the University of New Hampshire and Dawn Lemke from Alabama A&M University. 

Jessica Gersony is also the recipient of two related grants regarding drought sensitivities, an additional grant from the National Science Foundation, and a grant from the USDA.

Discover How the Grants Office Can Help You

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) pursues institutional and faculty grants to support Smith's academic priorities and initiatives. The CFR team also works with faculty on identifying external research grant opportunities. We help Smith develop and strengthen beneficial partnerships with foundations, corporations and government agencies that share an interest in advancing education. These partnerships assist corporations and foundations in fulfilling their missions while advancing the goals of the college. Thanks to these partnerships, Smith continues to be an educational leader across a wide academic spectrum.

Our Services

  • Prospecting
  • Proposal writing (you will always be the expert on what information is presented, but often we can help strengthen your grant with suggestions on framing and organization)
  • Proofreading, editing and providing feedback on draft proposals
  • Helping develop a project evaluation plan
  • Assisting with electronic submissions of grant applications
  • Connecting people on campus to others who may be able to serve as a resource (e.g., we may know of a faculty person who has reviewed for the agency to which you are applying)
  • Photocopying grant application components and submitting proposals
  • Serving as a liaison to authorized institutional officials and the Sponsored Research Office

Our Staff

Lisa Stoffer
Director of Sponsored Programs and Grants

Patti Thornton
Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Emily Robinson
Associate Director for Sponsored Research

Kate Wallen
Assistant Director of Grants Administration

Mary LaCroix
Grant Coordinator


Alumnae Relations & Development
Alumnae House
33 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 800-526-2023 or 413-585-2020
Staff Directory →

Get in Touch! Share your story, brag about a classmate or let us know how we are doing. Send us an email.